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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much do plumbers charge per hour?

Depending on the service you need (unclogging a drain, fixing a pipe, installing new pipes, etc.), plumbers charge anywhere from $45-$165 per hour. Plumbers often operate on a fixed rate model, too. Some won’t charge hourly rates because the variables involved in their work makes it less practical to do so. 

Plumbers will scope out the work, calculate the cost of parts, and roll it together with other fees to give you an estimate for the job. They may even offer standard flat rates for things like installing a toilet or a sink. Reach out to plumbers near you to get an accurate cost estimate for your project or repair.

Does a plumber need to enter my home?

A plumber will need to enter your home to fix plumbing issues like dripping faucets, clogged sinks or toilets and leaky pipes. They might not need to come into your home if the faulty appliance is located outdoors or in the garage. Before you begin the project, contact plumbers near you to find out they will need to enter your home.  

What do you do if you have a burst pipe?

First, switch off the water supply to reduce the water damage. You should also turn off the electricity for the part of your home that has sustained the leak, as it can be extremely dangerous if the water comes into contact with an electrical socket. Next, drain the remaining water from your faucets so it doesn’t freeze inside the pipes. 

Once you’ve done all of this, search for qualified plumbers in your area and ask them to provide you with a quote. 

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a plumber during the COVID-19 pandemic?

If possible, it’s best to set up a virtual consultation or phone call with a plumber near during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can send a message to a professional plumber near you and ask if they are available to video chat or have a phone call. Use that time to discuss the work that needs to be done. Make sure to ask any questions you have about the project. And lastly, ask the plumber how they handle payments and whether they have any specific safety precautions in place to comply with social distancing. 

What are the signs of a burst pipe?

If your water pressure has suddenly dropped or your sink and toilet have unexpectedly started clogging, you may have a burst pipe. Other tell-tale signs include watermarks on the wall of your bathroom or laundry room, drips or puddles in your home or basement, or water from your faucets that have suddenly turned brown. You may also notice a strange rotten-egg smell or the sound of gurgling water in your home.

If you notice any of these signs, contact a plumber near you to fix your pipes immediately.

How much does it cost to repair a broken pipe?

The national average cost to repair broken pipes ranges from $120 to $170. Prices can vary depending on the type of damage, whether the pipe is easily accessible, the materials needed and where the pipe is located. For example, an exposed pipe under the sink will likely cost much less than a pipeline in your yard that requires digging. 

Your overall cost will also depend on the hourly rate of the contractor. Most plumbers charge between $60 and $65 per hour for standard pipe repair, and up to $95 per hour for complex plumbing work. 

Contact the best pipe repairers in your area to find out how much it will cost to fix your pipe(s). 

To learn more about pricing factors, read “How much does pipe repair cost?

What happens when a water pipe bursts?

When a pipe bursts, the water can cause indoor flooding and damage your home. If the pipe is in an accessible location, you will likely notice puddles of water right away. However, if the pipe is underground or behind a wall, it may cause reduced water pressure, a sulfur smell or discolored water. All of this can cause significant (and expensive) damage, which is why you should always contact a plumber near you if you suspect your pipes are leaking.

Does insurance cover a broken pipe?

Sudden water damage may be included under most homeowners’ insurance policies, but it’s typically not covered if the damage could have been avoided with proper maintenance.

For example, if a pipe in your laundry room suddenly bursts and causes damage to the flooring and walls, that is usually covered by insurance. But if a pipe under your sink has been leaking for months and causes your wood floors to rot, your policy won’t cover that damage.

Always double-check with your insurance agent (or another expert)  to see what your policy covers.

How long is a water heater supposed to last?

Your water heater is an essential part of your home, heating water for showers, dishwashing, laundry and more. On average, a traditional water heater will last 8-12 years. The general consensus is that it’s better to replace your water heater with a new one than to repair one that’s 10 years old or more. Older models are less energy-efficient and thus more costly to run than newer models with better technology. Here are some indicators of when it may be time to replace an old water heater instead of repairing it:

  • Leaks: If leaking is not caused by loose connections, the water may be seeping out through slight fractures in the metal of the tank that have formed over time.
  • Strange noises: Clanking, rumbling and other noises can mean that sediment has formed on the base of your tank, contributing to fissures leaks, and inefficiency.
  • Age: If it’s more than 10 years old, it’s probably time to replace.
  • Discolored or rusty water: Have a pro check it out; if the problem isn’t resolved by draining and cleaning, you’ll want to replace the heater.
  • Lack of hot water: Inconsistent heating and hot water supply that runs out too quickly likely means it’s time for a new unit.

Can a leaking pipe burst?

Yes. A leak in your pipe can build up pressure and wear through the material. Left unchecked, this pressure can cause the pipe to burst. This is why it’s so important to fix your pipes and contact a plumber as soon as you notice a leak — no matter how small or insignificant it may seem. 

Smaller leaks are easier and inexpensive to fix, saving you time and money in the long run. In addition, many insurance policies will not cover water damage for pipes that burst due to gradual leaks.

Reviews for Charleston plumbers
Nicole L.
Responded quickly and was easy to deal with. Allan will be my first call next time I need plumbing.
Allan's Emergency Drain & Sewer Service LLCAllan's Emergency Drain & Sewer Service LLC
Megan M.
Seth was very professional and knowledgable! I will definitely contact him if we have any plumbing or A/C issues.
Fennell Mechanical IncFennell Mechanical Inc
Rolf H.
Great job on plumbing and installation but didn't realize new water heater needed different electrical wiring before installation.
Newman’s PlumbingNewman’s Plumbing
Katie I.
Allan was very helpful and had great advice. Looking forward to working with him in the future for all my plumbing needs.
Allan's Emergency Drain & Sewer Service LLCAllan's Emergency Drain & Sewer Service LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Seth did an amazing job, i was very happy with his work, price, and personality. He was honest and put my mind at ease by making sure I understood what was wrong with my plumbing and how he planned to repair it. do yourself a favor and give him a shot. My new go to for plumbing and HVAC
Fennell Mechanical IncFennell Mechanical Inc
Elaine M.
It is a pleasure working with Brad. The quality of his work is excellent and we will not hesitate to use him again if we need plumbing services in the future.
BB Plumbing LLCBB Plumbing LLC
Keith E.
Excellent service. He was able to come out the day after I called and provided outstanding service. I highly recommend Newsman’s Plumbing
Newman’s PlumbingNewman’s Plumbing
Lauren J.
Excellent work quality in replacing two major plumbing fixtures in my home! Fair, straightforward pricing and very professional service. Highly recommend!
Newman’s PlumbingNewman’s Plumbing
Karen E.
They responded right away, showed up on time and completed the work very quickly. I couldn't be happier and will definitely use BB Plumbing and Thumbtack again.
BB Plumbing LLCBB Plumbing LLC
Derek R.
I’d select all five of the qualities! Brad was great to work with and did an awesome job. Would like to use him for all my plumbing projects. Thanks Brad!
BB Plumbing LLCBB Plumbing LLC
Marianne R.
Super professional and very straightforward/honest. Felt completely comfortable with him working in my home, and the work was done very well. Will definitely be hiring him the next time we need plumbing work!
Cambria F.
I had a different plumbing company come out to replace my guest shower tub faucet. The experience turned into a nightmare and I was left with a faucet sticking out of the wall too far with duct tape behind for $300 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ I’m so grateful for BB Plumbing!! They were able to come repair the previous plumber’s work for half the price with amazing quality work. THANK YOU so much!! Just in time for my family’s visit where we’ll need the guest bath functional.
BB Plumbing LLCBB Plumbing LLC
Spencer P.
Brad responded quickly to my toilet issue I was experiencing in my new home. He worked fast and got the job done that was needed at a fair price. I highly recommend him for all of your plumbing needs!
BB Plumbing LLCBB Plumbing LLC
Ashley B.
Allan was great! He was available to get us handled same day and arrived right when expected. He was able to figure out the problem very quickly, and had the leak repaired in under a half hour for cheaper then I expected. We will absolutely use for future plumbing emergencies.
Allan's Emergency Drain & Sewer Service LLCAllan's Emergency Drain & Sewer Service LLC
Jamie H.
Allans responded to my inquiry within minutes. Provided a quote and was able to schedule next day. Showed up exactly when he said he would, took care of our drain issue quickly and efficiently. Honored the price quote without any hassle. Definitely would recommend and will be reaching out to Allan with any future plumbing needs.
Allan's Emergency Drain & Sewer Service LLCAllan's Emergency Drain & Sewer Service LLC
Jonathan S.
Had my 19 year old electric 50 gal water heater bust overnight. I reached out to several big names and decided to use Thumbtack, as I had heard it's an easier way to "reach the little guys." BB Plumbing replied first in the AM, we talked over the phone, was given a quote shortly thereafter, and received same-day service on the Friday before a holiday weekend -- and before having family in town. They were prompt, communicative, helpful, and were able to deliver, remove, and install the new water heater without issue. Unfortunately, our flooring was damp with mold on the drywall, which is another fun homeowner endeavor, but this was 100% the fault of the water heater chronically leaking and had nothing to do with removal/installation, etc. I recommend BB Plumbing and will certainly use their services in the future.
BB Plumbing LLCBB Plumbing LLC
David B.
Brad is extremely professional and responsive, which was very important given I hired him while I was out of town. He sent photos and videos of his completed work and went above and beyond the initial work request to make sure all plumbing was in working order. He was incredibly accommodating of my tight timeframe and left me confident in the final product. Will definitely use him again!
BB Plumbing LLCBB Plumbing LLC
Jerry G.
Very impressed with Brandon’s integrity, professionalism, and expertise. We had a heavy leak in our shower that started on Saturday morning, 01/04/2020. No plumbing company seemed concerned and said they probably wouldn’t have the needed part on the truck and that parts stores would be closed until Monday, 01/06/2020, so they said to call them back on Monday! Through a service called “Thumbtack”, I contacted Brandon at Brandon’s Home Repairs because of his many outstanding ratings. Brandon texted that he could drop by at 6:00 pm on Sunday, 01/05/2020, and look at the problem. He showed up at exactly 6:00 pm. He was very thorough in explaining and showing me what the problem was. He gave me a choice of his coming back the next day with the parts to fix it...or (if it would not inconvenience us), he could go to Lowe’s before they closed and return within the hour to fix it. We chose the latter and Brandon returned shortly with the necessary parts, removed the old, worn out valves and installed new ones, tested for leaks, and everything was done within a 2 hour window, including his trip to Lowe’s! All this on a Sunday evening when plumbers are virtually impossible to find and if they are, would charge dearly for their premium time. Brandon’s charge was very reasonable and did not reflect any excessive amount that most plumbers would charge for their weekend work. We will definitely call on Brandon again for any “Handyman” type work that needs doing.
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